…but events have me boiling with rage yet again. What events, you ask? Why, these events:
Can you believe it? Leftists are furious with this YouTuber – apparently a man who does a lot of philanthropy – for “reinforcing the stereotype that Africa is dependent on handouts.” Great God in heaven! Africa IS dependent on handouts! The continent is a cesspool of violence, corruption, and squalor! Billions of dollars in foreign aid, much of it from American taxpayers, flows into Africa each year…but conditions never change. Why is that, pray tell? Anyone? Bueller?
But this is the Left’s new reflexive response to someone Leftists regard as “not one of us” who lends a hand to people who appear to need it: Denigrate him. Question his motives. Pour contempt on his efforts. Ask him what else he’s willing to do at his own expense.
Villainous scum. Remember that phrase. It will recur.
Do you remember this episode of a few years ago?
MAGA fan Scott Presler was tired of all the constant bickering in the media about Baltimore’s numerous problems, so he personally decided to do something about it. Rather than simply complain or join the online chorus, he has organized a massive trash clean up of the city set to take place in the near future. Presler just wants to help out in any way that he can.
“I’m so tired of people saying, ‘We should do this, we should do that’….I was just like, ‘I’ve had, it. I’m going to go to Baltimore, even if it’s just me on a street corner picking up trash,'” he told The Epoch Times.
On Saturday, July 28, the activist told his online following that anybody who wanted to come to help clean up Baltimore was welcome. He encouraged Trump supporters to wear Trump gear but told The Epoch Times that anybody can participate when the event takes place.
“I just want the citizens of Baltimore to see [that] we do care. We do give a darn. And at the end of the day, we’re all American and if ya’ll are struggling in Baltimore and you guys need help, then we’re going to be there for you,” he said.
Presler isn’t all talk and no action; he followed through. Over 170 volunteers descended on one of the worst districts in West Baltimore, attacked the trash and filth with energy, and cleaned it out. And what followed that effort? Why, this, of course!
Look, we appreciate anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves to help Baltimore. More than 170 people came from all over the country and cleaned up nearly 12 tons of trash, according to Mr. Presler’s Twitter feed. He doesn’t post any photos of the totality of the trash, so we’ll have to take his word for it….
Whatever he says his motives were, Mr. Presler’s presence in Baltimore reinforces the tired image of our failing urban cores. That the poor people in this dilapidated city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods and all the public officials around them have failed as well. The bureaucratic, all-talk Democrats strike again. If a crowd of volunteers could clean up 12 tons of trash in 12 hours, how incompetent and helpless must Baltimoreans be if they can’t manage it in decades, right?…
The silver lining in all of this is that the residents of West Baltimore did get a much needed cleaning up. That is something that they deserve. Streets and alleyways free of trash go a long way in improving the psyche of a neighborhood and its residents. Not to mention deterring crime. Mr. Presler says that people around the country are planning similar clean up events in their own communities. A loud round of applause for that as well. Spiffier neighborhoods are good for everyone.
We also hope Mr. Presler keeps his promise to return to Baltimore once a month. It would definitely give his motives more credibility. It might also give him better perspective about the city’s problems than any single visit can provide. Maybe it could even lead him and his followers to advocate for federal housing, health care, transportation, education, criminal justice, civil rights and anti-poverty policies aimed at urban communities.
In the meantime, we’ll see how clean the neighborhood still is when he returns in September.
At the time, I called the editors of the Baltimore Sun villainous scum. They were…and probably still are. But what I didn’t realize was that they were simply “outriders,” blazing a new rhetorical trail by which the Left would dispense its vitriol on anyone to the Right who might act when they merely complain.
Villainous scum indeed. And the Left has bred more like them.
I’m just barely holding my temper in check right now. I’ve got this urge to settle the hash of the moral imbeciles at Yahoo and elsewhere who’ve pissed on “Mr. Beast’s” generosity toward those Kenyan villagers. But another message is of greater import.
Stop the aid.
Stop all of it, at once.
No more airline service to Africa.
No more technology transfers, either.
Let Africa and other aid sinkholes fend for themselves.
Perhaps the Leftist scum who’ve poured contempt upon Mr. Beast’s efforts will step up…though I shan’t hold my breath while I wait to see.
You and I have been paying for good works to benefit others. The envy we’ve received in return should have persuaded us by now of the futility of such expenditures.
Mr. Beast can spend his own money, if he likes. But for me: no more aid. No more charity. If the savages of Africa dislike being thought of as welfare clients – though in fairness, that attitude seems to be concentrated mainly among African politicians – then let them fend for themselves. Perhaps they’ll repent.
Have a nice evening.